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Last Updated: Monday, 5 November 2007, 15:32 GMT
Trabelsi agrees to join Al Hilal
By Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport

Tunisian defender Hatem Trabelsi
Trabelsi is about to end his long search for a new club

Tunisian defender Hatem Trabelsi has agreed a deal to join Saudi Arabia giants Al-Hilal.

The 30-year-old was left sweating on his future when released by English side Manchester City at the end of last season.

Despite offers from clubs in France, Germany, Turkey and his native Tunisia, Trabelsi failed to secure a contract because of his huge salary demands.

But, after five months of waiting, the former Ajax defender has agreed a one-year deal with Al-Hilal to push himself back into club action.

Trabelsi will arrive in Riyadh this week for a medical before signing the deal worth US$1million.

"Some clubs in Europe and two big clubs in Tunisia were after me, but I need a fresh challenge at this stage of my career," Trabelsi said.

"I am hopeful I can add something valuable to the squad as a whole, that a competitive side like Al-Hilal will be a great motivation to move ahead with my career."

Trabelsi spent five seasons with Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam before joining Manchester City on a free transfer last year.

He scored 13 goals in his four seasons at Tunisian side CS Sfaxien before clinching the deal to play for Ajax in 2001.


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